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Tolkien and the Battle of the Somme

I've just read this very interesting article in the New York Times about Tolkien's inspiration for much of The Lord Of The Rings coming from his experiences in the trenches during the Battle of the Somme (WW1). Here are some particularly interesting excerpts:

“I have always been impressed that we are here, surviving, because of the indomitable courage of quite small people against impossible odds,” he explained. The Hobbits were “a reflection of the English soldier,” made small of stature to emphasize “the amazing and unexpected heroism of ordinary men ‘at a pinch.’ ”

Beside the courage of ordinary men, the carnage of war seems also to have opened Tolkien’s eyes to a primal fact about the human condition: the will to power. This is the force animating Sauron, the sorcerer-warlord and great enemy of Middle-earth. “But the only measure that he knows is desire,” explains the wizard Gandalf, “desire for power.” Not even Frodo, the Ring-bearer and chief protagonist, escapes the tempt…

Prayer for happiness

A lovely prayer for happiness I found here whilst preparing resources for our form teachers:Father,Please help me to rest in your happiness,
To allow a smile to linger on my lips,
To dwell within a wonderful memory,
To walk back through sunlit places.Please help me to awake with hope,
To engage with life in all its variety,
To take in the beauty of others joys,
To touch the souls of those I meet with thankfulness.Please help me to sing with faith,
To carry the truth close in my heart always,
To rejoice at new life and
To have peace as I age.Please help me to indulge in love
To breathe in the sweetness of intimacy,
To taste the kindness of friendship,
To feel the warmth of embrace.Please help me not to miss
A single drop of heaven,
To catch each moment
And drink in the great joy of life.Amen.